Guided Tour in English of the 'True Visions', Műcsarnok Budapest, 5 April

  • 19 Mar 2024 12:22 PM
Guided Tour in English of the 'True Visions', Műcsarnok Budapest, 5 April
Vivien Boronyák is an art manager with more than a decade of professional experience in photography as the project manager of the Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House and the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center.

She currently works as a freelance art manager, strategically and creatively supporting artists and developing her own art projects.

Imre Benkő was one of her first encounters in the realm of Hungarian photography with his compelling oeuvre.

Their acquaintance has evolved over the years, from initial preparatory collaborations for exhibitions to a professional friendship, with Vivien also serving as a translator for Imre's past three albums.

"Dedication, thoughtfulness and humanity. Imre Benkő is an iconic figure of Hungarian documentary photography, with his long-term photo-essays and characteristic black-and-white compositions instructive about the world of Hungarian and universal photojournalism.

However, it is his personality and the persona revealed through his photographs that truly defines his work for me. Seeing him work in the 40°C heat during the Sziget Festivals or as he was arranging his photo albums allowed me to learn about his humble approach to looking, observing, and recording – with the camera in his hand but not even necessarily through the lens." (Vivien Boronyák)

More about the exhibition:

The exhibition encompassing the six decades of Imre Benkő’s photographic oeuvre is the first in a series of prominent events to be held in the Műcsarnok in 2024. The displayed works, diverging in space and time, involve twenty countries of three continents, and span the diverse nature of human relations from the 1970s to the present day.

They are selected from the artist’s complete oeuvre, from the winning piece of the World Press Photo in 1975 through the iconic series featuring Ózd, Budapest and the world to the photographs of 2019, taken during his travels in China.

Benkő’s photographic interest – whether against the backdrop of metropolises or the countryside – primarily focuses on the relationships between people. His pictures are also documents of an era, evoking or revealing the different lifestyles, cultural habits and attitudes that define a given period, in both the East and the West.

His photographs speak in a language of their own: a sensitivity stemming from the tradition of socially-engaged humanist photography is coupled with Benkő’s unique approach to produce images that take hold in our memory.

In a certain group of his works the lost illusions of the socialist past and the years of transition are juxtaposed with the random, enigmatic moments of everyday life and celebration.

His long-term photo essays, including those depicting the gradual dismantling of metallurgy in Ózd and the unbridled, ritualised moments at Sziget Festival concerts, or his series of twins convey a richly detailed register of processes unfolding in time.

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1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 37

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